Developing Country Sales Continue to Drive Growth at Cepheid as China Approves Xpert TB Test | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) — Cepheid's high-burden developing country (HBDC) program — the initiative through which it sells its GeneXpert system and related tuberculosis/drug-resistance test to resource-poor territories at a subsidized, discounted price — continues to serve as an important revenue driver at the company.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based MDx firm said last week that its first quarter revenues grew 16 percent year over year to $106.9 million, driven in no small part by 69 percent growth in its HBDC program to $18.3 million.

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